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Date Title
19/12/2014 Land needed for housing
Tandridge District Council is carrying out a Call for Sites exercise to inform a review of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).
18/12/2014 Whyteleafe, Woldingham and South Croydon flooding prevention update
The Caterham Bourne is a watercourse which feeds into the Beddington Branch of the River Wandle and flows on average every seven years in response to high ground-water. It emerges in Caterham and Woldingham in Surrey and flows across the border into the London Borough of Croydon. Due to urban development, large parts of the Bourne have been culverted over the years with varying size pipes which don't have the capacity to cope with large amounts of water, leading to flooding of properties and essential infrastructure including main roads, the railway and water treatment works.

In 2014 the Bourne levels rose and flooded parts of Croydon, Whyteleafe and Woldingham. The A22 was closed for almost two months and properties and gardens were flooded. Tandridge District Council, Surrey County Council and Croydon Council worked together to prevent flooding as far as possible and to help those flooded or at risk or flooding.
18/12/2014 Get your turkey ready for national defrost your turkey day
To help people stay safe during this festive season Tandridge District Council will be supporting the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on National Defrost Your Turkey Day on Monday 22 December 2014. This day will prompt Christmas cooks to start thinking of the defrosting process in plenty of time and avoid getting caught out. A typical large turkey can take two days to defrost.
17/12/2014 Christmas and New Year recycling and waste collections
Over Christmas and New Year, recycling, food waste and general waste collection days will change. From Tuesday 6 January collections will return to their usual days.
17/12/2014 Do you live in a solid wall property?
If you live in a non-cavity wall property you can benefit from solid wall insulation. Streets Ahead have over 600 guaranteed grants of £3,500 available to Surrey residents who have solid wall insulation installed, as well as the potential for further funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant and Green Deal Finance. 
17/12/2014 Council opening hours and services over Christmas and New Year
Tandridge District Council will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 24 December and re-open on Monday 29 December at 8.30am.
12/12/2014 New food allergen rules for consumers
The 2 million people in the UK who live with food allergies will be able to buy food and eat out with more confidence because of new EU rules which come into effect tomorrow, Saturday 13 December 2014.
Food Standards Agency research carried out in partnership with national charity Allergy UK, found 70% of people with allergies avoid buying takeaways due to concern about allergens and a lack of trust in information they are given. Every year there are 4,500 hospital admissions and 10 deaths from food allergy.
12/12/2014 Green Deal Funding Fully Allocated For Solid Wall Insulation
Up to £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation has now been allocated, to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) creating a pipeline of work for the industry to carry out over the coming months.
11/12/2014 Ninehams Gardens to be redeveloped
Tandridge District Council, in partnership with Durkan and Circle Housing Mole Valley, has agreed the £7 million redevelopment of 1-20 Ninehams Gardens, Caterham on the Hill. The properties were built in 1946 and are in need of substantial repair. Structural surveys have shown a comprehensive redevelopment scheme is the most cost effective option.
11/12/2014 Wanted: 10 local women for free social media training
Government research has found many women lack confidence in their digital skills. So they are funding six training sessions in Tandridge and nine other Surrey parishes. 
10/12/2014 Be inspired - women in business event
Be Inspired - Make it Happen is a free business event for women being held on 28 January at the Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon from 9.30am to 2.30pm. It is being sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond and Talent Gateway and supported by Tandridge District Council and Surrey Chambers of Commerce.
10/12/2014 Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
Up to £30 million in vouchers has been made available from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for householders throughout England and Wales to help them to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Action Surrey can help local Surrey residents to access this funding through its Green Deal accredited installer network. 
10/12/2014 Council tax phone scam
We are aware of a phone scam operating in our area.
8/12/2014 Fined for tree works in a conservation area
On 2 December, at Redhill Magistrates’ Court, Caleb Eastwood pleaded guilty to tree works at 1 Castle Cottages, Bletchingley, which is in a conservation area. Mr Eastwood was fined £900 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £210 and £90 to the victim support fund. 
5/12/2014 Help drive down deaths - give information on regular drink drivers
Crimestoppers has  launched a national campaign to encourage the public to speak up about drink driving. 
5/12/2014 December issue of Parents' Pages 5 to 19 e-newsletter
The December issue  of the Parents' Pages 5 to 19 e-newsletter is now out.